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    1025R | CountyLine Rotary Tiller - 5ft

    Well gentlemen, yesterday my old MTD walk behind tiller seemed to have dropped its gear box. After talking about it with the wife I somehow managed to get the go ahead to purchase a 3pt tiller for the 1025R. I was hoping to find a 4ft but all of our usual stores were closed (Sunday) so we headed to TSC, where they only had 5ft & 6ft CountyLine in stock. Setup of these things is fairly time consuming and the instructions are just short of useless. That said, I just tilled our 50' x 75' garden the fastest its ever been tilled.. and probably the deepest. At one point I climbed off the tractor to see what my wife needed and sank half way to my knees.. can't believe how aerated the soil is now.

    I know this tiller is pushing the 1025R right at, or more accurately a little beyond, its limits.. but it certainly got the job done.. perhaps I should have sprung for the 2032R

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    Yep, those tillers are awesome... Did you till with the skid shoes removed or left on? I till gardens with the shoes off.. I only use them if Im tilling sod till I break thru and then take off and go deep..

    Also, on my 2305 I have to have at least the loader frame on to keep front wheels on the ground all the time.. BTW, my 2305 and tiller have a war when tilling with my 5'er.. 2305 looks like a steam locomotive with the smoke that rolls..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEWT View Post
    Yep, those tillers are awesome... Did you till with the skid shoes removed or left on? I till gardens with the shoes off.. I only use them if Im tilling sod till I break thru and then take off and go deep..

    Also, on my 2305 I have to have at least the loader frame on to keep front wheels on the ground all the time.. BTW, my 2305 and tiller have a war when tilling with my 5'er.. 2305 looks like a steam locomotive with the smoke that rolls..
    I left the shoes on but had them set as deep as they'd go. To me it felt like the 1025R had plenty of power, had it at probably 3/4 throttle most of the time.. but you could definitely hear her growl a bit when I got going too fast through virgin ground.
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    I hate to be a stickler, but without pics it didn't happen.
    Glad the tiller worked out! These tractors are a beast! Did you use a loader to keep the front end down or front weight bracket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jklaus View Post
    Well gentlemen, yesterday my old MTD walk behind tiller seemed to have dropped its gear box. After talking about it with the wife I somehow managed to get the go ahead to purchase a 3pt tiller for the 1025R. I was hoping to find a 4ft but all of our usual stores were closed (Sunday) so we headed to TSC, where they only had 5ft & 6ft CountyLine in stock. Setup of these things is fairly time consuming and the instructions are just short of useless. That said, I just tilled our 50' x 75' garden the fastest its ever been tilled.. and probably the deepest. At one point I climbed off the tractor to see what my wife needed and sank half way to my knees.. can't believe how aerated the soil is now.

    I know this tiller is pushing the 1025R right at, or more accurately a little beyond, its limits.. but it certainly got the job done.. perhaps I should have sprung for the 2032R
    Tillers on a tractor are the only way to go if you are doing a large space,IMO. Now you just have to convince the wife that you could actually do more work faster if you upgrade to the 2032 You might want to mention it from a safe distance though
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    Yep, I have a 5 footer too. It does a great job and the only problem I have is hooking up as it is heavy and not iMatch compatible and I don't have an iMatch. But for tilling I put my RPM at 3200 as that is where the rear PTO is at 540 RPM. I've always tilled with the shoes all the way up to get the deepest cut and never thought about taking them off. I'll have to look into this even though I cut about 8 inches deep. Thanks for the tip NEWT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    Yep, I have a 5 footer too. It does a great job and the only problem I have is hooking up as it is heavy and not iMatch compatible and I don't have an iMatch. But for tilling I put my RPM at 3200 as that is where the rear PTO is at 540 RPM. I've always tilled with the shoes all the way up to get the deepest cut and never thought about taking them off. I'll have to look into this even though I cut about 8 inches deep. Thanks for the tip NEWT.
    I'd be worried about smacking the gear box on something underground with the shoe off. I mean the shoe is still going to transfer the impact pretty well but it may do 'less' damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    Yep, I have a 5 footer too. It does a great job and the only problem I have is hooking up as it is heavy and not iMatch compatible and I don't have an iMatch. But for tilling I put my RPM at 3200 as that is where the rear PTO is at 540 RPM. I've always tilled with the shoes all the way up to get the deepest cut and never thought about taking them off. I'll have to look into this even though I cut about 8 inches deep. Thanks for the tip NEWT.
    Good tip on the RPM Levi, running the rear PTO at the rated sped will provide even better results.
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    The 1025R has an icon on the tach to indicate 540 on the PTO in addition to the LCD display displaying PTO RPM when the PTO is engaged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 636mullet View Post
    I hate to be a stickler, but without pics it didn't happen.
    Glad the tiller worked out! These tractors are a beast! Did you use a loader to keep the front end down or front weight bracket?
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    I'll try to get some pictures when I put it back on to re-level some of the garden this weekend. I had to dig out a walking path we had last year to get more length on our rows and was working past dark.. didn't realize how deep some of those divots were until morning. Guess I can justify buying a few additional lights now...

    As far as weight is concerned, I left the FEL on. In some areas I had to lift the FEL all the way up to turn (9ft tall bamboo fence surrounding the garden - lots of deer here). When the FEL was lifted I could certainly tell the tiller was back there but it never felt unsafe. With the FEL lowered it felt more stable than with the 260 on the rear, which still feels safe for anyone afraid of the 260.
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